David Robinson; BIG RIDES; A ticket to RideLondon; So 19th century; Sentencing review called for; Edinburgh Cycle Festival; Award winners glow with pride; Life saving lorries; Heroes welcome for L'Eroica; New Forest Cycling Week at 40.
CTC was very sad to learn this week of the death of a former Chair of CTC Council David Robinson. David was an active member of Chester and North Wales CTC, and also a well-respected local politician.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Are you BIG RIDE ready?
Tomorrow Saturday 17 May will see thousands of cyclists joining in ‘BIG RIDES’ in cities around the country to demand Space for Cycling. If you can’t attend, you can still help make an impact by joining in the Space for Cycling Thunderclap on social media, timed to coincide with the start. New book ’Cyclists and Cycling Around the World’ is a source of inspiration for people wishing to develop a cycle culture in their areas. It contains articles on city planning, cycle training, bike policy, as well as examples of great advocacy from cities on several continents.
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A ticket to RideLondon
As partner to Prudential RideLondon, CTC has 50 exclusive places available for the RideLondon Classic 100. This is your chance to ride like a pro whilst raising money to support CTC’s ‘Space For Cycling’ campaign. The ballot deadline is 1pm on Friday 23 May - you’ll be notified by 5 pm if you’ve been successful. Places cost £100 each and include a free CTC jersey.
So 19th century?
The sleek carbon fibre racers that will probably be seen at RideLondon bear little resemblance to the steeds people rode over 100 years ago. This collection of 20 crazy bicycle inventions from Gizmodo shows just how outlandish the imaginations of the early pioneers were. But a few of them you might recognise as precursors of modern machines, proving there's nothing new under the sun.
Award winners glow with pride
Last weekend’s CTC AGM in Glasgow saw the presentation of awards to our valued volunteers. Winner of the Volunteer of the Year was Glynis Francis of Team Glow, which has attracted hundreds of women to cycling. Meanwhile, Chester and North Wales CTC, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year with a range of rides on 8 June, triumphed overall in the 2013 CTC Tourist Competition.
A lecture from America
The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling takes place from 12-22 June 2014 and has been listed by The Guardian as one of the UK’s best cycling festivals. On 13 June, CTC Scotland Councillor Chris Oliver will give a lecture entitled ‘So you want to cycle across America’ and in the lead-up to the festival, on 9 June CTC member Naomi Johnson will talk about her current two-year ride around the world.
The start of a new sentence
MPs this week debated proposals to extend sentences for those who flout driving bans, whilst new figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that the courts are not prioritising bans in the first place. The Government plans to conduct a review of driving offences and penalties, with a review of sentencing guidelines later. CTC wants both to emphasise more and longer bans as a sentencing option.
Fancy a place in this year’s inaugural ‘L’Eroica Britannia’, taking place amongst the stunning scenery of the Peak District over the weekend of 20-22 June? CTC has 20 places for the spectacular debut of this exciting event, which is a ‘must’ for all lovers and riders of vintage bikes. Sign up now if you’d like to take part, and bag yourself a gorgeous CTC merino wool cycling jersey into the bargain!
The 40-year cycle
The CTC New Forest Cycling Week was founded in 1975 so this year celebrates its 40th consecutive year. In 2010 it moved to the UK Youth Activity Centre at Avon Tyrrell Manor near Burley. The rally attracts about 200 people a year and appeals especially to those with young families, although everybody is made welcome. It runs from Friday 25 July-Saturday 2 August 2014.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.